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How I Self Published My Book From My Iphone

Would you believe me if I told you my first self published book, Pink Soul was written and published from my iPhone? Well it was!

I used to have a broken toshiba laptop that my little sister had stepped on multiple times, causing the screen to have black spots! So there was no way I could see the screen to type out anything.

During this time, I had a IPhone 7+ that saved my life while publishing my book! Phones have truly come a long way.

Here is exactly how I published my book on Amazon KDP and how you can too! You absolutely NO NOT need a computer to do this. However, towards the end of my publishing journey my boyfriend gave me his old MacBook, but 90% of the work was done from my iPhone.

Note: this is strictly on how to publish on AMAZON KDP, I am not too familiar with other self publishing sites.

How to publish a book from your iphone! (On KDP!)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Iphone (I’m sure any smartphone would work but I’m team Iphone!)

– Some sort of writing app (Microsoft word, google docs, Pages)

– AMAZON KPD Self Publishing account

– Notebook for notes / writing

STEP ONE:

Create an Amazon KDP account.

First things first, you will need to make an account. Very simple and straightforward! When you sign up for your account you will need to choose basic settings for your new book!

Such as:

What size do you want your book to be?

Do you already have your own isbn number or will you keep the one Amazon will assign to you for free?

What’s your book title?

Contributors?

Do you want a matte or glossy finish?

What genre is your book?

Ect. Ect. Ect.

Once you’ve gotten through these basic settings, now it’s time for the fun part!

STEP TWO:

WRITE YOUR BOOK!

My book is a poetry book, so I collected poems I’ve written over time as well as wrote a few new ones. Once I had enough to compose a book, I started forming my book through the iPhone app PAGES. What I like about this app is, you can change the sizing settings, so I researched what size I wanted my book to be and set it at that. (My books dimensions are 5.1 x 7.8). I made sure to carefully study how books are as in title page, copyright page, table of contents and made those pages myself. This is easy to do or you can google templates. Open a book and see how everything is laid out, copy it!

You will want to make sure the font and spacing is to your liking.

Here are screenshots of my book within the app, PAGES for iPhone:

As you can see, I formatted my book as it would look as an actual book!

You can write your book within a app to save time, or if you prefer to hand write, you can do that to.

STEP THREE: Upload your book to KPD.

Once you feel your book is ready, upload it to Amazon KDP, I had no issues with it and if I self publish my second book, I’d choose this service again.

If there are any issues with your spacing, sizing, you will be notified and cannot move forward with publishing until you fix it. (This can be annoying but I promise you will get through it).

STEP FOUR: BOOK COVER!

Every book has a cover, if you’re using KDP, they give you an option to create one. If you’re like me aka not an artist at all. You can have someone else create a book cover for you. I used the site/app FIVVER to find my artist, SHOUT OUT TO MILANDRA!

On fivver, you can find many different freelancers who offer different services like creating a book cover or formatting your book for you.

Once you have a cover, upload it to KDP!

STEP FIVE: Review your book!

When you’ve finished uploading your manuscript and cover, amazon will approve all your settings. This is where Amazon makes sure your book is error free and ready for publication. If there’s things you need to fix, you will not be able to move forward. If your book is ready, it go time baby!

When your book is cleared, check your book again just to make sure you are satisfied with it.

You can request A PROOF! I 100% recommend doing this!

Proofs are mock ups of your book and you can request them to see what your book would look like once it’s live and people are ordering it. You’ll get a copy or copies and it’ll have PROOF written on it. This is annoying but whatever.

STEP SIX: PUBLICATION

Once you receive your sample copy and you like it, go back to your amazon account and click PUBLISH!!!! Your book should arrive on Amazon with in a few days!

YAY

THATS IT. YOU DID IT!

Okay, if you receive your book and you DONT like how it turns out, go back and fix whatever it is that you don’t like, request another sample copy, check it again, then publish.

I received about 3 different versions of my book before I finally loved it and published.

If you have any further questions on how to publish or need a little help or guidance, PLEASE reach out to me! I am more than happy to help you publish your book! I pretty much did this all on my own so I know what it’s like, and if I can make it easier for the next author, I want to!

Leave a comment with questions or email me! Or message me on social media! Whatever is easier for you!

– Erika Jefferson

erikajeffrsn@gmail.com

Instagram/twitter : @erikajeffrsn

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Thrifting 101

My favorite hobby (after writing of course) is thrifting! I can spend hours in a thrift store and for sure will leave with something. I might even leave with things that I don’t really need…

But over the years I’ve found name brand things and items from popular stores like:

– Nike

– Adidas

– Kate Spade

– Forever 21

– Fashion Nova

– Kendall & Kylie

– Champion

– Disney

– Levi Jeans ( you know how expensive Levi jeans are! ) *sigh*

– TopShop / ZARA

and more! I can’t name them all I’ve been thrifting for so long but you get the point..

Here’s is how I thrift.

1. DO NOT GO THRIFTING IF YOU ARE IN A RUSH!

Number one mistake. Thrifting takes time. You need to be able to dedicate time looking through each rack! If you are in a rush you will most likely not find good gems.

2. Check out all local or nearby thrift stores.

I know that some thrifters like to avoid stores in certain areas because of how popular the city / neighborhood is, but STILL GO. People will also avoid shops because they aren’t the well known ones like Salvation Army or goodwill. Local owned small shops are still worthy of the thrift world! Check out all your local shops until you find your go to stores! Also, Don’t let anyone else tell you which stores “suck”. NOPE! Find out for yourself.

3. LOOK THROUGH ALL RACKS AND SECTIONS!

Look through every rack! And don’t discriminate on sections. Check out the kids sections! Men’s. Women’s. Furniture. Books. Often people like to hide things in the most unlooked places. Oops, don’t hate me veteran thrifters. You will often find clothing items you like and if you can rock it, buy it! I found some cool “mens” T-shirt’s that I have turned into cropped tops!

4. Half off days are your best friend!

Many thrift stores have half off days! This is who I scored a Nike hoodie for $4!

5. Pay attention to daily discounts

Most thrift stores have daily specials or colors. For example, savers is half off every monday and each day during the week will be a different color representing half off for that color tag. Other stores will have 20% off, 30% ect.

5. Check for new items often

Thrift stores get donations everyday! I’m not saying go thrifting everyday but don’t be afraid to stop by often. I’ve gone thrifting twice or even three times a week at the same exact store and found different things each time! You’d be surprised.

Have fun. Thrifting is fun. You will find cool things if you truly look!

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